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At Art Center, July 1982: This spring, Chuck Pelly's Advanced Product Design class set out to explore some new applications for today's robot technology. "This was meant as a blue-sky assignment, a stimulus to thinking," Pelly said. "But the projects turned out rather practical and realistic; most of them look feasible to put into operation too." [One of the] Two... most ambitious projects put robotics technology to medical uses. Thor Halseth and Hamid Fahmian teamed up on what they called "an ectoskeleton walker," designed for a paraplegic patient. It's a set of leg braces which move the legs forward by contracting and expanding at pivot points at hips, knees and ankles; the braces are powered by a pneumatic drive system operated by a computer worn on the chest, which is controlled in turn by signals from the patient.